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Mihan Hannan

Labour Market TestingTSS
September 2, 2020

The definitive guide to Labour Market Testing (LMT) for Subclass 482 nomination applications (updated: 2 September 2020)

For certain visa types a sponsor must demonstrate to the Department that they are unable to find a suitable Australian worker to fill the role. In these applications, the sponsor will need to provide evidence that they have tested the local labour market. Subclass 482 nomination applications are subject to a specific requirement to provide evidence of labour market testing…
australian immigration practice
Australian visasStudent
August 17, 2020

Australian government announces immigration changes to support international students (updated 17 Aug 2020)

On 20 July 2020 the Australian government announced a number of changes to student visa arrangements to ensure Australia remains a priority destination for international students post COVID-19. International students are not only able to obtain world class education in Australia, but many go on to further temporary visas after their studies and even obtain Australian citizenship (for example, through…
australian immigration
124858Global Talent Independent
August 12, 2020

What is the Form 1000 and who can be a nominator for the GTI program?

To satisfy the visa requirements for a Distinguished Talent visa application under the Global Talent Independent (GTI) program, the applicant is required to produce a completed approved Form 1000 (Nomination for Distinguished Talent). This form requires the applicant’s record of achievement to be attested to by a nominator who has a national reputation in relation to the area of achievement.…
australian immigration practice
Australian visasCovidTravel restrictions
July 29, 2020

Update from the ABF Commissioner expanding the “critical skills” and “critical sectors” travel exemption categories

Although Australia’s strict border restrictions due to COVID-19 continue to be in force, the ABF Commissioner may grant a temporary visa holder an exemption for a limited number of reasons: a non-citizen travelling at the invitation of the Australian Government or a state or territory government authority for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response providing critical or specialist…
Global Talent IndependentStudent
July 15, 2020

Australian Government announces special visa arrangements for Hong Kong

On 9 July 2020 the Australian Government announced that it will introduce new measures for students, temporary graduates and skilled workers from Hong Kong who want to live, work and study in Australia (see here). Specifically, the Prime Minister stated that: Temporary graduate and skilled workers will be offered an additional 5 years of work rights in Australia on top…
482genuine positionGTS
June 2, 2020

How to address the genuineness criteria in a TSS nomination application

A position associated with a nominated occupation in a TSS application must be genuine. This is considered an important regulatory criterion in ensuring that TSS visas are used to address temporary skill shortages for specific nominated occupations in circumstances where an Australian worker cannot be sourced. The purpose is to ensure that business do not create a position (for example,…
457 visa482CovidEmployer SponsoredSponsorshipTSS
May 13, 2020

457 / TSS visa sponsors in the time of COVID-19: An employer’s (rough) primer (updated: 13 May 2020)

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, governments all around the world have clamped down the borders in order to stem the transmission of the virus. Australia is no exemption. Having a well-developed immigration program means that failure to comply with obligations (for both visa holder and visa sponsors) can have significant ramifications. Despite a shifting immigration landscape, this article attempts…
Australian visasCitizenshipPermanent Residenceresidence return visa
May 8, 2020

A welcome guide: permanent residence in Australia

First of all, congratulations on your Australian permanent residence. In some cases, this could be the culmination of years of effort and dedication. Whatever your journey, welcome to Australia. Now that you are here, this guide provides a few pointers on what it means to be a permanent resident in Australia, and if you choose to, take the next steps…
Australian visasCitizenshipNew Zealand
April 29, 2020

Australian citizenship and permanent residence for New Zealanders: A Quick (as possible) Guide

The tale of New Zealanders in Australia is a long and convoluted one. Under various arrangements since the 1920s, there has been a free flow of people between Australia and New Zealand. Once as close as siblings, that relationship has since cooled, with New Zealanders now treated as cousins at best. What is the status of New Zealanders in Australia?…